How to Write How to Write a Statement of Purpose a Statement of Purpose for the KAUST Discovery Scholarship for the Prof. Reima Al-Jarf College of Languages & Translation KAUST Scholarship Candidates’ Workshop. King Saud University. Malaz Campus. May 11, 2008 Aims of Workshop p At the end of the workshop, attendees will be to: identify what KAUST is looking for in the statement of purpose. p p make an outline of topics and subtopic to be included in the statement of purpose included in the statement of purpose write an introduction write body paragraphs write body paragraphs write a conclusion revise the essay write the final draft 2
What Is a Statement of Purpose? The Statement of Purpose is the single most The Statement of Purpose is the single most important part of your application It will tell the admissions committee: who you are who you are what has influenced your career path so far your professional interests where you plan to go from here y p g 3 What Do Universities Look for in a Statement of Purpose? in a Statement of Purpose? A mix of interesting, confident and enthusiastic people who will make the class a enthusiastic people who will make the class a stimulating place. Academic achievements and good test scores. Don t try to be something you are not.
Don’t try to be something you are not. Be honest, look inside yourself and do your best. b t 4 Stages of Writing Your Statement of Purpose Before Writing the essay • Questions • Brainstorming • Making an outline Making an outline • W iti Writing an introduction i t d ti • Writing body paragraphs • Writing a conclusion ii l i • Revising the essay • Writing the final draft Writing the final draft Writing the essay After Writing the essay Writing the essay 5 KAUST Requirements in a Statement of Purpose Please write an essay that describes and provide examples for the following: following: your grades, courses taken, academic honors . our research experience through your school work, papers, your research experience through your school work papers projects, internship or work experience. your personal motivation to attend KAUST and personal your personal motivation to attend KAUST and personal goals your extracurricular activities in your community and/or your extracurricular activities in your community and/or school international experience Essays must be submitted in English. Please limit your response to fifty lines of text and leave a 1 1/2 inch (4 cm) top margin on every page of your uploaded essays. 6
Making an Outline Part 1: Academics achievement grades grades courses taken honors h Part II: Research Experience papers Projects internship internship 7 Making an Outline Part III: work experience: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Part IV: Personal Goals/motivation to attend KAUST: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 8 Making an Outline g Part V: extracurricular activities: 1. 2. 3. 3 4. 5. Part VI: international experience: 1. 2. 3. 3 4. 5. Making an Outline g Part VII: Personal Traits 1. 2. 3. 3 4. 5. Part VIII: Language, Computer skills & research skills 1. 2. 2 3. 4. 4 5. 10 Writing the Essay g y Introduction
Body For each question, write a paragraph that combines all points. For each question, write a paragraph that combines all points. Conclusion 11 Tips for Writing a successful Essay Your introduction: Must be interesting. Ask yourself: “why a reader would want Ask yourself: “why a reader would want to read my entire essay after reading my introduction? ” Don’t Summarize in your Introduction. If y you summarize, the scholarship officer need not read the rest of your essay. need not read the rest of your essay Create intrigue in your Introduction. 12 Tips for Writing a successful Essay
Answer the Questions Be Original Be Yourself: B Y lf Write about something meaningful. Describe your feelings, not necessarily your actions. actions Big words do not make good essays. Use imagery and clear, vivid prose. 13 Tips for Writing a successful Essay Body paragraphs must relate to introduction. Use transition within paragraphs and between p g p paragraphs to preserve the logical flow of your p g y essay. The conclusion is your last chance to persuade the The conclusion is your last chance to persuade the reader or impress upon them your qualifications. Don t summarize. Don’t summarize 14
After Writing Your Essay language tone Editing Reviewing Flow structure 15 After Writing Your Essay Spend a week or so away from your draft to p y y decide if you still consider your topic and approach worthwhile. approach worthwhile. Give your draft to others with these questions in mind: ih h i i i d Is my sentence structure varied or do I y use all long or all short sentences? Do you detect any cliches? Do you detect any cliches? Do I use transition appropriately? 16 After Writing Your Essay Do I use imagery often and does this g y make my essay clearer? What s the best part of the essay?
What’s the best part of the essay? What’s the worst part of the essay? What parts of the essay are unclear? What parts of the essay do not support What parts of the essay do not support your main argument? Is every single sentence crucial t th I i l t i l to the essay? 17 After Writing Your Essay What does the essay reveal about your y y personality? What is your strongest personality trait? What is your strongest personality trait? Do you a philosophy? How would your friends characterize you? 18 After Writing Your Essay What have you done outside of the classroom that demonstrates qualities g y sought after by universities?
What are your most important extracurricular or community activities? or community activities? What made you join these activities? What made you continue to contribute to them? them? 19 After Writing Your Essay What are your dreams of the future? How does this particular scholarship fit into your plans for the future? into your plans for the future? Will a scholarship officer remember your topic after a day of reading hundreds of t i ft d f di h d d f essays? What will the officer remember about you? you? 20 21